Saudi Arabian Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Airblue, SaudiGulf Airlines and Flynas operate direct flights to major airports in Saudi Arabia from major airports in Pakistan.
The minimum flight duration from Pakistan (Jinnah International Airport) to Saudi Arabia (King Fahd International Airport) is 3 hours and 5 minutes on a direct flight with PIA. The shortest connecting flight is offered by flydubai that takes 4 hours and 50 minutes via Dubai.
King Abdulaziz International Airport:
Commonly dubbed as Jeddah Airport, this is the busiest airport in the kingdom. The King Abdulaziz International Airport is conveniently located at a distance of 33 kilometres from centre city Jeddah - a half an hour drive. There are a total of 3 terminals of which the North Terminal handles international flights whereas the South Terminal caters to domestic flights. The most prominent facility here is the Hajj Terminal which accommodates thousands of pilgrims every day. JED is the IATA code for this airport.
King Khalid International Airport:
Situated about 35 kilometres from the capital city of Saudi Arabia is the Riyadh King Khalid International Airport. The second busiest airport in Saudi Arabia serves the entire Riyadh region. In 2017 alone, the airport handled 24.8 million passengers. There are 3 terminals of which Saudi Arabian Airlines and Flynas use Terminal 2 whereas the rest of the international airlines utilize the Terminal 1 of the airport. Terminal 5 handles domestic flights. RUH is the IATA code for this airport.
King Fahd International Airport:
King Fahd International Airport in Dammam is the largest airport in the world as well as the kingdom. It is located 20 kilometres from Dammam city. There is a single terminal with 6 storeys (the 3rd storey for arrivals, 6th for departures and 4th for boarding). In addition to plenty of duty-free shops and gift centres, the terminal also houses a mosque for the convenience of travellers. There is a Hilton hotel currently under construction. DMM is the IATA code for this airport.
Even though it all depends on which city one wants to visit yet one thing is for certain - Saudi Arabia is a hot country for the greater part of the year. The cooler months, therefore, attract the crowds. From late October to late February, the winter season in other words, the weather is comparatively milder and balanced. In October-November, the average daytime temperature is 24 °C and from December to February, it hangs around 17 °C. There is no humidity. Weather-wise, this is the peak season for tourism in Saudi Arabia.
Since Saudi Arabia is the centre of the Islamic world, there are religious reasons for visiting the kingdom. Muslims pour in from all over the world during Hajj and Eid-al-Fitr. Umrah, or the lesser pilgrimage, is performed for the most of the year. The weather conditions may prove useful in planning your next Umrah trip.
There can be no low-season in a land where the tawaf of the Kaaba goes on for the entire year, and in which the Muslim community from all across the globe participates. Still, a slight decline in fresh arrivals may be seen during the summer season (precisely June-August) when the average temperature during the day is 45 and may reach as high as 54 at some points. At nightfall, the sudden drop in temperature is inconvenient enough. Many prefer to plan their visit during the winter months. However, the summer season is best for a visit to Saudi Arabia on a budget. This is the time when the cheapest Umrah packages are available and even hotels may be expected to decrease their rates.
The Fakieh Aquarium in Jeddah centres its efforts on procuring and preserving aquatic species of different kinds from the Red Sea and exhibiting these precious forms of life in a larger-than-life aquarium. Walk along these glass-domed water channels and you pass by wonderful creatures in all colours and shades or pause to enjoy the dolphin show that this museum is so famous for.
Al-Shallal Theme Park:
Also in Jeddah, this theme park has everything for the delight of the greatest number of children and adults – roller coasters, bumper cars, ice skating rink, you name it! The park offers three themes: the Amazon theme, a medieval European theme and a Far East Asian theme. Take your pick.
Jungle Land Theme Park:
Recognising the desirability of a different class of circus, and pleasing visitors of different tastes, Jeddah offers yet another theme park. Part jungle, part circus, this theme park is located in Mersal Village. It is a 20-minute drive from central Jeddah. The lion show is the main attraction.
Center Point is a skyscraper in Riyadh that offers a variety of activities and recreations, notably shopping. From garments and accessories to electronics and home decor, everything is to be found under one roof. When visiting any skyscraper, the most obvious point of interest is watching the city from its skywalks. Day or night, the splendid views from the 99th-floor Skybridge are amazing.
This mud and clay fortress has been in existence for many decades and continues to be appreciated by locals and foreigners alike. Whereas the rest of the capital is occupied with development of modern infrastructure, this old fortress offers a unique perspective and a calming experience. The stronghold is held in high esteem owing to the historical events associated with it. The fortress served Ibn Saud in his reconquest of Riyadh.
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